The XV: Rhys Patchell

13 Jul

Position: Fly-half / Full-back

School: Ysgol Glantaf

As comfortable at full-back as he is at his preferred position of fly-half, Rhys Patchell is a bright prospect with the skill and nous to control games.

The XV saw Patchell orchestrate Glantaf’s cup win against Radyr and then pull the strings against Whitchurch in a game he won with a cool, late drop-goal.

On both occasions, Patchell’s passing ability allowed him to dictate the tempo with which the Glantaf backline played, mixing deft pop passes to inside runners with longer, searching balls for those outside him.

With a wiry, rangy frame, this young playmaker moves with ease and is always willing to experiment with his passing and kicking strategies.

At times, this experimentation manifests itself in excessive complication which can lead to unnecessary mistakes.

Patchell, however, is not afraid to take risks, and this is to be commended.

His kicking is the area of his game which arguably benefits most from this innovation, as he mixes cross-kicks with Garryowens, and grubbers with regular punts.

Patchell generates an impressive amount of power in his clearances, and his place kicking and drop-goal proficiency are an asset for any of his teams.

Having represented the Cardiff Blues’ academy side and the Wales Under 18s, Patchell is already making an impression on a regional and national level.

And if the fledgling fly-half can iron out the occasional over-elaboration and loss of concentration, Patchell is sure to impress on bigger stages.

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